Volunteer to Serve on a Committee, Task Force, Panel, or Task Group
Each year, TRB’s varied activities engage more than 7,000 engineers, scientists, and other transportation researchers and practitioners from the public and private sectors and academia, all of whom contribute their expertise in the public interest by participating on TRB committees, panels, and task forces. Here are links to additional information on how you can serve on a TRB committee, panel, or task force.
Serve on a TRB Standing Committee, Subcommittee, or Task Force
In 1920 the Board established three technical committees to promote research and disseminate highway research findings. Today TRB maintains more than 200 standing committees and task forces that address all aspects and modes of transportation. More than 4,000 administrators, operators, engineers, attorneys, researchers, educators, and others concerned with transportation serve on these committees and task forces without compensation. Committee members identify research needs; provide information to the transportation community on research priorities and procedures; review papers for presentation at the TRB Annual Meeting and for publication; encourage the incorporation of appropriate research findings into practice; and develop special programs, conferences, and workshops.
Serve on a Cooperative Research Programs (CRP) Panel
TRB manages a number of major research programs sponsored by other organizations, which include the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP), the Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP), the Hazardous Materials Cooperative Research Program (HMCRP), and the National Cooperative Freight Research Program (NCFRP). Under all of these programs, TRB organizes panels of experts to provide guidance on technical aspects of the research. TRB also manages programs of smaller studies focused on synthesizing current practices in the NCHRP, TCRP, and ACRP programs as well as a separately administered Commercial Truck and Bus Safety Synthesis Program (CTBSSP).
Serve on a Strategic Highway Research Program 2 (SHRP 2) Expert Task Group
The Strategic Highway Research Program 2 (SHRP 2) is investigating the underlying causes of highway crashes and congestion in a short-term program of focused research. SHRP 2 targets goals in four interrelated focus areas: Safety; Renewal; Reliability; and Capacity. SHRP 2 is guided by an oversight committee and four technical coordinating committees, one in each of the four focus areas. The targeted task groups provide assistance in areas requiring specific technical expertise, including preparation of requests for proposals and review of proposals.